Hoyt Peak2018-07-06T20:19:40+00:00

Spanish Treasure

Hoyt Peak Utah and the Lost Spanish Treasure

It all started July 1997 at 7:00am Saturday morning when we got in the truck to make our way to Kamas Utah. I was with two good friends of mine that told me about an area that was rich with old Spanish history, mines and treasures. We planned on the trip taking about an hour and a half from home. I was 18 years old and new to the Salt Lake City Utah area at the time and never traveled threw Parley’s Canyon before. The drive was beautiful and I couldn’t keep my mind from wondering about the adventure that was in store for us. When we arrived at Kamas my friend pulled a book out of his backpack titled “Of Men and Gold” by Stephen B. Shaffer. He showed me a couple of clues that helped us decide how we were going to get to the summit of this mountain standing in front of us.
We made our way up the mountain from the west on a very rough road in a 2-wheel drive pickup that never did make it all the way up. We left the truck and grabbed our backpacks and followed the old road until we hit a gate next to the road. After a couple of miles hiking the trees changed and the grass was greener as we felt more excited figuring that we were in the right area. We stopped at the first stream we crossed for a break to eat and figure out our plan of attack, where to explore. Shortly after making our way down the road we noticed some carvings in the trees that looked similar to some of the symbols in Shaffer’s book.
We figured we found treasure or mine symbols and immediately pulled our Garrett metal detectors out of our packs and decided to split up to cover more ground. Now I was 18 years old at the time with a lot to learn about Spanish symbols and clues and looking back now I know they weren’t authentic tree carvings. I was very green you could say. I headed my way to the North of the mountain off trail waving my detector back and forth. It was about 30 minutes until I got my first beep indicating there was something in the ground below me. I dug 6 inches or so until I found a Forest Service tree tag with the date 1907 on it. What a find I remember thinking to myself.
We figured we found treasure or mine symbols and immediately pulled our Garrett metal detectors out of our packs and decided to split up to cover more ground. Now I was 18 years old at the time with a lot to learn about Spanish symbols and clues and looking back now I know they weren’t authentic tree carvings. I was very green you could say. I headed my way to the North of the mountain off trail waving my detector back and forth. It was about 30 minutes until I got my first beep indicating there was something in the ground below me. I dug 6 inches or so until I found a Forest Service tree tag with the date 1907 on it. What a find I remember thinking to myself.
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